Sometimes the blues is heavy and anguished. Sometimes the blues is light and wistful. Sometimes the blues is played on electric guitar with lots of string-bending, and sometimes it is gently picked on acoustic guitar. Sometimes the blues regrets (or even glorifies) past misdeeds, and sometimes the blues imparts some wise words that usually emerge from the wake of such experiences.
The phrase “all of the above” would certainly apply to tonight’s featured artist, Joe Ely. Yes, I know—in the strictest sense, Joe Ely is not a blues musician, but his blend of country and rockabilly and honky tonk certainly carries elements of the blues.
Tonight’s video is of the acoustic and wistful variety referenced above. The performance is not flawless, but it is just perfect, if you know what I mean. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.